DOUBLE r'ringO OF KILNHURST  ~TO~  KILNHURST kalani


The delightful result of several years of planning; Ringo and Micah's long-awaited litter arrived safely on Tuesday 16th June 2015. Ringo was imported with a view to adding his many qualities to the Kilnhurst lines, as he should complement our girls perfectly.

As much as Ringo and Micah make a good technical match on paper, it turned out they made a lovely couple in person, too. They got along extremely well together - Ringo is a romantic little gentleman and Micah positively basked in his attention. It's good to see the two parents getting along so well, the sentimental old fool in me imagines the love-puppies that result could not have a better start in life.

These pups were whelped and raised at Micah's house and I was priviledged to be on hand during the labour and delivery, working with Micah's human mum to welcome this beautiful litter of Kilnhursts into the world.

Ringo and Micah's seven babies, five boys and two girls:

Moss   (Kilnhurst Kelly)
Magnus    (Kilnhurst Conquering)
Tia   (Kilnhurst Caj to Caltaavi)
Sky    (Kilnhurst Kui Kya)
Louis   (Kilnhurst Kanta)
Amarauq   (Kilnhurst Kamali Seil)
Kona    (Kilnhurst Kona)
 



THE GRANDPARENTS:



TUESDaY 16th June 2015 :  Birthday!













Ninian
20:44pm   black/tri boy

Harris
20:58pm   black/tri boy
Tiree
21:35pm    black/tri girl



Yell
22:00pm   black/tri boy

Lewis
22:33am   blue merle/tri boy
Seil
00:45am   blue merle/tri boy




Rona
01:24am black/tri girl



Happy Birthday, babies! Micah went into labour on Tuesday morning and the puppies were born late the same night.
We knew that Ringo doesn't carry red, but he certainly carries the 'handsome' gene instead! Micah went overboard on the black tricolours and what a gorgeous set of classically marked pups they are, with tons of copper waiting to come through. She also stamped her mark on her two stunning merle boys, who carry her most eye-catching and unusual merle markings.
Micah coped with the labour and whelping extremely well as a first-time mum and is now a most doting and attentive mother. The pups are all gaining weight nicely and are very active around the box.

The theme for this litter is Scottish islands.


WEEK 1






Ninian
Handsome, classic, gorgeous

Harris
Loveable, loving, wise
Tiree
Petite, sweet, cuddly



Yell
Balanced, cuddly, handsome

Lewis
Oh My Goodness - super nature to boot!
Seil
Relaxed, handsome, mellow




Rona
Noisy, busy, active



Well the babies have been growing like crazy this week. I'm not sure what Micah is feeding them but I suspect it is rocket fuel. They're piling on the weight and are very active around the box, clambering all over each other and tumbling off the puppy pile.
It always surprises me how quickly their personalities start to shine through. Here already we have a rainbow of characters from the deliciously mellow Mr Seil, through to the firing-on-all-cylinders Miss Rona. The merle boys are obviously stunning, but the black tris will catch up in the next few weeks as their copper comes through and we get to see their true, stunning colours.
Which one would I keep? Well I can honestly say that I'd be happy with any of these lovely pups, they've all got something special about them and are such lovely individuals. Can't wait for their eyes to open next week.



WEEK 2






Ninian

Harris

Tiree




Yell
Lewis

Seil





Rona



Monster apologies to everybody waiting so patiently for pupdates - this has to be the latest ever. The pups are all doing extremely well and are gaining weight and growing like crazy. They're an active bunch, all the more so now their eyes are open and they can see what to get up to, next! Miss Micah is being a most wonderful mum, all the adult family dogs have taken an interest in the new arrivals and I believe even their uncle Keir was found in the nest box, giving them a sneaky clean!

There is always something about puppies at this age, and cameras. Even though the pups are all sitting up nicely and doing a great version of the wobbly-walk around the box, the moment you get a camera out their legs turn to jelly and they go splat. Hopefully they'll be a bit less camera-shy next week.



WEEK 3






Ninian

Harris

Tiree




Yell
Lewis

Seil





Rona



It's a bit like London buses, isn't it? You wait ages for one pupdate and then two come along in a couple of days. (My bad - completely.) Here are the babies for their week 3 portraits. Eyes open, sitting up! Well, almost sitting up. They had all been sound asleep until we woke them for their photos. Seil in particular point blank refused to sit up for his photos and as you can probably tell from the angle of lean, several others were seconds away from falling asleep again!
The personality of the puppies is really starting to come through now and we're watching, pondering and deliberating long and hard about who would be best going where. We think we're about there, and all the puppy people will be contacted this week. There are love-bugs, explorers, outgoing and gentle pups in here. Others are 'foodies' and mellow but all of them snuggle and love a human touch. They're all happy, balanced, social, people-oriented youngsters; a few lucky people are going to be absolutely over the moon with this lot.



WEEK 4






Ninian

Magnus

Tiree




Sky
Louis
Amaruq





Rona



Ooops. Another busy week almost gone without a pupdate. Well, the photos went on FaceBook and then I forgot I hadn't put them on here, too ...

Well here are the babies at week four and boy, haven't they changed? They're little dogs now, up and about, toddling around playing and exploring. They're enjoying their meaty dinners, guzzling away at milky breakfasts of goats milk and practising using their needle-sharp teeth on anything that comes to hand. They've been outside playing in the garden and getting into all sorts of scrapes, ambushing the older dogs but especially their Uncle Keir who is amazingly attentive and patient.
Indoors the puppies have had a long string of visitors to socialise with, and the puppies who already have their new names are getting used to those. This whole litter just love to be snuggled and loved on, they are going to be such a bunch of lovers when they grow up.
They have a very large and colourful play pen in the kitchen to keep them busy, decorated with durable baby toys on the floor or suspended, including mirrors, crinkle mats, a tambourine, teething toys and rattles. This week they have experienced new surfaces underfoot including a wobble board wrapped in a towel, egg boxes and bubble wrap. Next week I understand the play tunnel and ball-pit is going to come out! Honestly, their play pen is like a puppy university and I wish I had the time to sit in there and play with half the things myself.



WEEK 5






Moss
Kilnhurst Kelly

Magnus
Kilnhurst Conquering

Tia
Kilnhurst Caj to Caltaavi



Sky
Kilnhurst Kui Kya
Louis
Kilnhurst Kanta
Amaruq
Kilnhurst Kamali Seil





Kona
Kilnhurst Kona



Phew - managed an on-time pupdate this week - go, me!  Aren't they all changing at an incredible rate?
This week the puppies have been out in the garden again for several exploration sessions. They have enjoyed eating some dinners outside, and even had a play session in the rain, just to see what it was like to get wet! The toys in their playpen are ever-changing, getting them accustomed to a whole host of different sounds, tastes and textures. They're running about on a veritable gymnasium of rocking boards, wobble boards, all over differerent surfaces - nothing fazes these pups. Most of them have been lucky enough to have been visited by their new families this week and have enjoyed serious cuddle-time with the visitors. This coming week there are some car trips planned to get them used to the sights, sounds and sensations of travelling in vehicles.



WEEK 6






Ninian

Magnus

Tiree




Sky
Louis
Amaruq





Rona




Well unfortunately I didn't do too well with keeping ther pupdates, pupdated. Everything got so very hectic in the last couple of weeks that before we knew what was happening, they were ready to leave for their new adventures.
The pups had an amazing last couple of weeks at home. The door to their playpen (playground wonderland that it was) was left open and out into the house spilled seven bouncy balls of fluff and energy. The weather was lovely so they then proceeded to spill out further through the back door and into the patio and garden. Everywhere was explored under the watchful eye of mum Micah and their doting Uncle Keir. Steps, low walls and lawn edges were climbed and conquered. Plants were sampled and uprooted, holes were dug. Hosepipes and tubs were chewed, plant pots emptied, chickens chased and cows stared at. Oh, they had an absolute blast.

The pups has lots of outdoor activities, too. They went on a family visit to a local sandy beach where they spent several hours playing with the waves, the sand, the driftwood ... they had a day trip to Edinburgh for their BVA eye tests, they travelled to the vets for their last vet check and microchips. They were quite the social butterflies, offering puppy kisses and stealing hearts wherever they went.

Now, sadly for us, they have gone to their new homes and suddenly the house feels very empty again. According to the reports from their new owners the pups have all settled well, and we're having to content ourselves with watching the photos and videos of their antics. It's good to know the pups are happy, and very satisfying to know that seven more little dogs have had the very best start in life that they could possibly have been given.